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Name Balderdash (1984)
Complexity 1.4139
BGG Rank 1775
Player Count 2 - 6
Mechanism(s) Paper-and-Pencil, Voting

A clever repackaging of the parlor game Dictionary, Balderdash contains several cards with real words nobody has heard of. After one of those words has been read aloud, players try to come up with definitions that at least sound plausible, because points are later awarded for every opposing player who guessed that your definition was the correct one.

Versions of the game as a parlor game go back at least as far as 1970, although Balderdash itself was not published until 1984.

Mattel republished Balderdash in 2006 in a form that derives its gameplay from the sequel Beyond Balderdash.

Re-implemented by:

Beyond Balderdash / Absolute Balderdash

Kokkelimonke Jubileum


Beyond Balderdash*

In a peculiar situation, this game was reimplemented by Beyond/Absolute Balderdash and then combined back into the original title (Balderdash) but with the rules and cards from Beyond/Absolute; while Tactic re-published their version of Beyond/Absolute combined with the original Balderdash and called it Kokkelimonke Jubileum.

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ID Name Rank Weight Year API
163 Balderdash 1778 1.4152 1984 Source

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